Some very talented friends were recently laid off. I’m confident that most of them will be employed pretty quickly. As a group, they have strong networks, and are well liked, but the world they’ve lived in has been changing slowly. Most of them recognized that long term changes were going to negatively affect them, but “long term” implies time to decide. COVID accelerated and exacerbated the situation, resulting in sudden and drastic change. My friends are going to have to adapt and adapt quickly, and they are not alone.